Genealogical Sleuthing Complete – Prepare for Blog Onslaught
Since I only get home to Ohio now about once a year, I had to be hyper-organized on a recent trip.
My goal was to run down the list of documents and locations I can only delve into on-site, and be damn quick about getting through them.
But any journey worth writing home about — or filling this space — is better enjoyed when hurtling down a few tangents.
Some people call them back roads. In eastern Ohio, it’s pretty much the way you get from points A to B. (Not to mention C, D, E, etc.)
I set off on a recent whirlwind weekend to solve some mysteries — find where a few key ancestors were buried, comb newspapers and history books and gathered clippings for details of their lives, document the places they lived (should those places still be left standing) and reconnect with relatives old, and as it turned out, new.
My gracious hosts on this adventure were fellow genealogy nut — and third cousin once removed — Dawn James and her family.
She’s the great-great granddaughter of Ida Foutz Moreland, older sister to my great-grandpa Vance Cleveland Foutz. Dawn grew up a county or so to the east of the Ohio farm Ida and Vance and a couple previous Foutz generations called home; I grew up a county or so to the west.
Dawn signed on for the whole adventure — book-diving, cemetery-hopping, creeping down country roads in pouring rain (Saturday) and icy snow (Sunday), with a few extended sojourns with a journalist buddy of mine and my great aunt Nellie thrown in for good measure.
That I kept such good company made the visit a happy one. That Dawn ended up striking gold with her share of discoveries made her presence essential.
Sound fun? Ask her, sometime, if her feet have thawed out yet. Ask me sometime who came out ahead in number of stones located, number of pages submitted to the library copier.
But that tenacity comes with a benefit to readers of this blog: over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting our discoveries right here. I’ve got a folder chock full of historic obits, photos, gravestone memorials and other goodies, all fit for some extended campfire whispering.
Let’s throw a cord more wood on the fire, and keep it toasty. The fun starts with some Ley posts the rest of this week and next, followed by Johnsons, Foutzes and Weibles. Enough whispering for all….